Naomi Shihab Nye

(12 March 1952 / St. Louis, Missouri)

Hidden - Poem by Naomi Shihab Nye

If you place a fern
under a stone
the next day it will be
nearly invisible
as if the stone has
swallowed it.

If you tuck the name of a loved one
under your tongue too long
without speaking it
it becomes blood
sigh
the little sucked-in breath of air
hiding everywhere
beneath your words.

No one sees
the fuel that feeds you.


Submitted by R. Joyce Heon


Comments about Hidden by Naomi Shihab Nye

  • Gold Star - 24,048 Points Kelly Kurt (4/7/2015 7:32:00 PM)

    I am speechless! (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Sami Odermatt (10/13/2009 10:30:00 AM)

    it is a very true poem. 'Let the world know what you stand for, what you love, ' as I always say (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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